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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)    
The goal of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is to improve geospatial intelligence capabilities and tradecraft through advanced R&D solutions offered by small innovative companies. DoD's SBIR program funds early-stage R&D projects at small technology companies — projects which serve a DoD need and have the potential for commercialization in private sector and/or military markets.

As part of its SBIR program, the DoD issues an SBIR solicitation three times a year, describing its R&D needs and inviting R&D proposals from small companies -- firms organized for profit with 500 or fewer employees, including all affiliated firms. Companies apply first for a six-month to nine-month Phase I award of $70,000 to $150,000 to test the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of a particular concept. If Phase I proves successful, the company may be invited to apply for a two-year Phase II award of $500,000 to $1,000,000 to further develop the concept, usually to the prototype stage. Proposals are judged competitively on the basis of scientific, technical, and commercial merit. Following completion of Phase II, small companies are expected to obtain funding from the private sector and/or non-SBIR government sources (in "Phase III") to develop the concept into a product for sale in private sector and/or military markets.

Phase I
Phase II
Phase III
Project Feasibility
6-9 months - Up to $150K
Project Development to prototype
2 Years - Up to $1M
Commercialization in military and/or private sector using non-SBIR funds

SBIR funds R&D at small businesses and is designed to:

  1. Stimulate technological innovation
  2. Increase private sector commercialization of federal R&D
  3. Increase small business participation in federally funded R&D
  4. Foster participation by minority and disadvantaged firms in technological innovation

Qualifications to be a NGA SBIR Industry Partner

  1. US small business of 500 or fewer employees.
  2. During Phase 1, a minimum of 2/3 effort must be performed by proposing small business.
  3. During Phase 2, a minimum of 1/2 effort must be performed by proposing small business.
  4. Principal Investigator must spend 1/2 of time employed by the small business.
  5. Work must be performed in the United States.

If you are interested in becoming a NGA SBIR Industry Partner please contact the NGA SBIR Program Manager




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